Calluses can develop over time if a shoe pinches the skin or squeezes your toes together. Once the callus thickens and forms a hard core, it’s a corn.
• Before a corn develops soften the callus with a footbath of chamomile or tea tree oil.
• Once softened, nib it off carefully with a pumice stone or special corn file.
• If a corn does develop, put a piece of gauze between the affected toes to reduce friction and rubbing, and to take pressure off the sore spot.
To Treat a Corn
• Place a fresh, thin slice of onion on the corn and hold it in place with a gauze bandage until the core of the corn dissolves.
• Crush five aspirin tablets into a powder and mix into a paste with 1 tablespoon (15 ml) each water and lemon juice. Apply to the corn, cover with plastic wrap and a warm towel, and leave for 15 minutes. Rinse and nib gently with a pumic stone.
Blisters occur when the upper layers of skin have been damaged, often as a result of friction, and a clear fluid called scrum fills the pocket. Most blisters heal naturally, but traditional ways can prevent them—or relieve discomfort if they form.
• Prevent blisters from occurring by always wearing socks or tights with shoes.
• Going for a long walk? Opt for two pairs of thin socks instead of one pair of thick ones. They will rub against each other instead of against bare skin.
• Rub petroleum jelly into sensitive parts of the foot. If you tend to get blisters, bring adhesive bandages and apply them before you set out on a long walk.
Athlete’s foot is a common condition caused by a fungal infection that thrives in moist, damp environments—swimming pools or saunas pose the greatest risk of infection.
• To stop the itching, rub the affected area with a crushed garlic clove or garlic oil (however, do not use on broken skin).
• Alternatively, apply a thick paste of baking powder mixed with warm water. Rinse after 3 minutes and dry your feet thoroughly.
• Change socks daily and wash them in the hottest water possible.
• Take contrasting footbaths. Dip your feet in hot water for 5 minutes, followed by 10 seconds in cold water. This will combat athlete’s foot effectively. These footbaths should also provide relief.
• Boil 3 tablespoons (45 ml) dried chamomile flowers or sage leaves for 30 minutes in 1 quart (1 water, then strain and apply.
• Add a few drops of tea tree oil or apply it directly to the affected areas.
• Add 5 tablespoons (75 ml) fresh sage—which reduces sweating—to 2 quarts (2 water. Alternatively, apply clary sage oil directly to affected skin with a cotton swab.
Walking or standing for long periods can leave feet tired and aching. Wearing high heels or other uncomfortable shoes can exacerbate the problem. Luckily, home remedies can produce quick relief.
• Try a relaxing warm foot bath—at 100’F (38’C)—adding a few drops of eucalyptus, rosemary or juniper oil.
• Make a foot massage oil by slowly warming 1/4 cup (50 sesame or sunflower oil in a pan of hot water and mixing in S drops of lemon balm oil. Gently massage dry feet thoroughly with the lukewarm oil mixture.
• Rubbing feet with ice cubes brings them back to life. Wrap the ice in a clean cloth first.
• Use rubbing alcohol to massage painful legs and feet.
Your feet are the natural habitat of millions of bacteria that thrive on sweat and skin cells. By products produced by these bacteria are what make feet smell. Be sure shoes remain odorless with these traditional suggestions.
• Wash feet daily with warm, soapy water and dry well, especially between the toes. Change socks at least once a day.
• Take a 10 minute footbath using either fresh rosemary leaves, cider vinegar or table salt 1/2 cup (125 ml) each per 1 quart (1L) water or try black tea— pour 1 quart (1L) boiling water over four tea bags, steep and add cold water to cool.